USA pull off shocking upset against Pakistan in thrilling T20 World Cup super over

The cricket world was left stunned as the United States pulled off a historic victory over former champions Pakistan in a thrilling super over in Dallas. What seemed like a comfortable win for Pakistan turned into a nail-biting finish as Nitish Kumar’s last-ball heroics tied the scores at 159.

Despite a sloppy performance for most of the game, Pakistan crumbled under pressure in the added time. Mohammad Amir’s three wides and a crucial dropped catch allowed the US to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat.

With only 19 runs to defend in the super over, left-arm seamer Saurabh Netravalkar kept his nerve as Kumar’s brilliance in the field dismissed key batsman Iftikhar Ahmed. With seven needed off the last ball, Pakistan could only manage a single, handing the US a well-deserved victory.

The match was a rollercoaster of emotions, with Pakistan recovering from a precarious position of 26-3 to post a competitive total of 159-7. The US, on the other hand, looked set for an easy win before Pakistan forced the game into a super over.

This upset victory puts the United States in a strong position to qualify for the Super Eights, having already defeated Canada in their opening game. With games against India and Ireland remaining, the US team has a good chance of making it to the next stage of the tournament.

On the other hand, Pakistan, with a rich history in T20 cricket, now faces the risk of an early exit from the tournament. They will have to regroup quickly for a high-stakes encounter against arch-rivals India in New York.

The shock result in Dallas will undoubtedly go down in cricketing history as one of the biggest upsets, showcasing the unpredictability and excitement of the sport. The United States’ victory over Pakistan serves as a reminder that in cricket, anything is possible.

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